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How much can a pastor say from the pulpit regarding politics, candidates and ballot initiatives? Can clergy educate their congregation on key political and social issues? When do religious leaders cross the line and put their churches in jeopardy of losing tax exempt status? All these questions and more are answered by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) in a new detailed legal guide provided for pastors and churches. ADF is a national group of nearly 3,400...

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Earlier this month the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District published the final draft of its new policies on transgender students. It was going to be presented officially on March 17, but with the COVID-19 panic the meeting was canceled. It remains to be seen when it will be presented and approved by the board. As I will show below, it reaches a new low for the Fairbanks School District, which says a lot since...

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Anchorage Assembly Member Christopher Constant is waiting until the election results are in the bag before introducing a ban on counseling for people who wish to overcome unwanted same-sex attraction. Constant, who is openly gay and running unopposed for his current seat on the Assembly, is being strategic about revealing his scheme out of concern it may hurt the reelection of fellow LGBT activists on the Assembly, according to a report last month by NewNowNext,...

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There could not be greater contrasts among the candidates running for Anchorage Assembly and Anchorage School Board seats, especially with regards to pro-life, parental rights and religious liberty issues. Between March 17 and April 7, Anchorage residents will cast mail-in ballots. Alaska Family Action, a pro-family advocacy group, has released its voter guide for these contests, detailing candidates’ stances on key social issues. ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES Anchorage Assembly candidates were asked if they agree with the...

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District wants to add “gender expression” to its list of classifications that are protected from “harassment.” On March 3, the school board will be presented with initial information on whether it should prohibit harassment in the form of “any verbal, nonverbal, written, or physical conduct, or electronic communication” related to “gender expression,” which refers to a person’s “behavior, mannerisms, interests, and appearance that are associated with gender in a...

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A growing percentage of people believe it’s a good thing if church and church people steer clear from anything resembling politics. They believe that the separation of church and state dictates that people of faith should keep their beliefs to themselves. Part of this thinking comes from Greek philosophers who sought to divide the sacred from the secular. But that is not the type of government our founders had in mind when they penned the...

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Many pastors across Alaska and around the country are uncertain when it comes to their legal rights to discuss politics and educate their members on critical political issues. As a result, a number of churches remain silent in the political sphere. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) is working to put an end to this uncertainty with an upcoming webcast addressing exactly what a church can and cannot do during the 2020 election season. The ADF is...

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Target, one of the largest retailers in the country, has three stores in Alaska – two in Anchorage and one in Wasilla. Shopping there, however, comes with a hidden cost according to 2ndVote, an organization that scores businesses based on their support of hot-button social issues like abortion, same-sex marriage, religious liberty and others. “Even though Target is extremely popular, buying products there undermines your values based on their continuous support of the leftist agenda,”...

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The Alaska Watchman is keeping a close eye on the Alaska Legislature this session in order to alert Alaskans of measures that impact parental rights, sex education, abortion, religious liberty, human sexuality, education, marriage and family law, pornography and other social issues. Our goal is to keep Alaskans informed of committee hearings and opportunities to publicly testify on critical legislation that could shape the cultural and social life of Alaskans. Below is a brief summary...

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A bill introduced by Republican Rep. Tammie Wilson of North Pole aims to safeguard the religious liberties of Alaska children while in state custody. Pre-filed on Jan. 10, HB 191 would require foster parents to ensure that a child is able to continue attending their home church while placed in foster care. The bill would also ensure that a child be housed with foster parents or agencies in areas that are accessible by road to...

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